Lake Goollelal Loop

45 min to 1 h 30 min

30 min to 1 h
45 min to 1 h 45 min

4.8 km

↑ 41 m
↓ -42 m

Moderate track
Starting from the car park next to the Luisini Winery on Lakeway Drive, Kingsley, this walk takes you on a circuit around Lake Goollelal. The Lake Goollelal Loop is a 4.5 km paved path around this permanent lake. The shared-use path is great for walking and cycling and offers a fabulous natural bushland setting in the midst of suburbia. The lake is surrounded by remnants of fringing paperbark woodland, Jarrah, Marri and Banksia open woodland and scattered Tuart. Many of the trees away from the banks of the lake are not native to the area, but a few large Flooded Gum and Swamp Paperbark trees give you a glimpse of how the vegetation was like back in the day. One of the main features of a walk around Lake Goollelal is the abundant birdlife. The lake, although shallow by world standards, is relatively deep compared with other lakes on the Swan Coastal Plain, and therefore is a haven for waterbirds even during dry summers. The area is also home to oblong turtles and native water rats. There's an observation platform on the western side of the lake where you can view many waterbirds. On the eastern side, there's a plaque commemorating the location of Wesley Mission farm. Reverend John Smithies built this farm in 1844 for Aboriginal people to acquire agricultural skills if they'd like to do so. Nearby is the historic Luisini Winery, which is currently being redeveloped as an educational and heritage facility by the National Trust. You can commence the loop walk from multiple different points and return to your starting location. It is a shared path, giving you the option to cycle. Some parts of the walk are close to busy roads. Keep an eye out for snakes in the warm weather. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
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